FORNEY, REV. CHRISTIAN HENRY, D. D., son of Christian T. Forney (1806-1860) and Barbara Strohm, was born October 17, 1839, in West Hanover township, Dauphin county, Pa. He was educated in the common schools, St. Thomas Institute, Milesburg Normal School and Oberlin College, where he completed the course preparatory to the study of theology in 1860, and entered upon the ministry at Mount Ivy, Lancaster county, Pa., in November of that year, where he remained until April, 1863. He also preached at Chambersburg, Franklin county, Pa., from April, 1863, to April, 1866; at Harrisburg, Fourth street, from April, 1866, to April, 1868; Lancaster city, from, April, 1868, to April, 1870, since which time he has been in charge of the editorial department of the church paper of his denomination, preaching only on special occasions. He was chaplain of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania in 1868, and has been twice speaker of the East Pennsylvania Eldership of the Church of God; once speaker of the General Eldership; almost a continuous member of the standing committee of the East Pennsylvania Eldership since 1869: member of Board of Missions and Board of Incorporation of the East Pennsylvania Eldership; member of the Executive Board of the General Eldership; continuous member of Board of Education of the General Eldership until elected on the Executive Board; a continuous member of the Board of Education of East Pennsylvania Eldership. In 1866 he was elected assistant editor of the Church Advocate, and upon the death of the editor, in 1869, became editor-in-chief, which position he still occupies. In June, 1881, Hillsdale College, Michigan, conferred upon him the degree of D. D.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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